Seeing the planets of the solar system in a straight line is one of the most amazing experiences of watching in the sky. This month, you may have a chance to see it with your own eyes.
From mid-April, from the Northern Hemisphere, until sunrise, you will be able to see Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter almost perfectly aligned.
The layout will start around April 17, but will appear best on the morning of April 20, heading east.
If environmental conditions favor you, you will see all four planets in a row on the horizon, but because of their proximity to the horizon, Jupiter will appear relatively difficult to appear in a row.
Sky observers may already know that Saturn, Mars, and Venus have been approaching each other in the sky since late March, but Jupiter will join the trio in mid-April.
On April 23, the layout will become more spectacular as the Moon will join the row of planets from the right.
Of course, such a spectacle is created only from the perspective of the Earth, and the location of each planet from different places in space is completely different.
The solar system is flat; Each planet orbits the sun in the same plane, and therefore any such position we see is due to the place and time of the observation.
Still, planetary layouts are exciting to look at, and besides, such things do not happen very often; Anyway, a layout in which so many planets are involved.
The April layout will be one of the rare sightings, but in reality, it is just a preparation for the more incredibly amazing layout that will take place in June of this year.
On June 24, all the planets in the solar system – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus – will be offered even larger planetary layouts, but you will probably need a binoculars or telescope to see Neptune and Uranus. In addition, the layout will occupy a fairly large section of the sky, making it difficult to shoot.
Despite such difficulties, such large planetary layouts visible to humans have become very rare and have occurred only three times since 2005. Therefore, do not miss the chance.